Digital Sublimation Printing: What Materials Can Be Sublimated?(1)

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Digital Sublimation Printing: What Materials Can Be Sublimated?(1)

Digital Sublimation Printing is a very effective printing process that creates expert-level graphics, but there are limitations to what features it can be used with.

It is very important to note that dye sublimation should be used with polyester or polyester-coated material. While this can be confining to the kind of fabrics that can be applied, it leaves the field wide open for other non-fabric opportunities, such as trade show displays, tiles, and sporting goods.

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These materials are unable to be printed on when using the other well-known printing processes, heat transferring, and screen printing.

Some polyester-coated materials require different techniques when using the sublimated method. Today we are going to introduce what material can be sublimated.

Digital Sublimation Printing on Fabric

dye sublimation printingThere are several things to learn when using dye sublimation on fabrics for items like T-shirts, dresses, tablecloths, custom tents, etc. “All-over” designs where a pattern or image covers the entire print are a popular option when using this process, as it’s easy to do.

Some hindrances that can occur when printing on fabric is that random white creases can appear on the printed fabric. This is usually due to not setting the transfer paper correctly, causing it to be folded over or become wet. One must be attentive when setting up prints for sublimating.

Also, if someone wanted their graphic to be slightly textured, this kind of printing isn’t the right choice as it’s for replicating the look, not the feel. One must use their best judgment when choosing a design to appear on a shirt.

Sublimation Printing on Glass

Since glass can break easily, it is important that more caution is taken when using dye sublimation printing. The heat press needs to be used carefully. The heat press pad can provide extra covering for the glass, but this isn’t required.

Another thing that must be remembered when printing on glass is that the way glass heats up is different from the more conventional fabrics often used. Occasionally, the heat can cause foggy sections in the print, so halftones can be used to cover this issue.

Another solution to the problem is using textured material that leaves the impression of a clearer image. Something that makes this approach different is that the ink must be sublimated in the right-reading style since the print transfers to the back of the glass and is viewed from the other side. Other materials require the image to be sublimated in a mirror-image format.


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